Writing in Community is a book of inspiration and encouragement for writers who want to reach deep within themselves and write to their fullest potential. There is magic in a successful writing group. This book helps writers tap into that magic, and with gentle wisdom and humor, experience unprecedented breakthroughs in creativity.
Becky's writing group has meant a lot to her. She loves the energy and synchronicity of using the generative process in the writing group to take her creativity to new heights. A longtime educator, poet and essayist, Becky draws the inspiration for her writing from the magic and wisdom of being present in the world. The strength and beauty of people continue to amaze her, and their guidance has been her best teacher. Her book, co-authored with Lucy Adkins, Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer's Block and Transform Your Life, won the 2014 Silver Independent Publishers Award in Writing/Publishing. Visit www.writeincommunity.com to view her blog and find posts about the writing life, inspiring writing exercises, and more.
The more we recognize that life doesn't play out in a linear fashion - no matter how hard we try - the more we can see its inevitable changes as part of living. The more adept we are at improvising the less impact changes have on us. And as writers, as artists, we can learn to anticipate new possibilities, even perhaps, look forward to them. Because that's what story is all about. That's what makes our characters rich and diverse. That's what's authentic.
Writing in Community
Life throws us curves, but like jazz musicians, like Jane and Lucy, we improvise. We remake our destinies, creating something that had not been there before, and in so doing, oftentimes making our lives better. “Every one of us is called upon, probably many times to start a new life,” Barbara Kingsolver writes. “A frightening diagnosis, a move, loss of job. And onward full tilt we go, pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute, driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore. Time to move out into the glorious debris. Time to take life for what it is.”